The beginning of spring has had the look and feel of winter, but there are signs that the season has arrived.
Another snowfall record was broken this weekend. During the first 18 hours following the Vernal Equinox, 1.7 inches of snow fell at the Blue Hill Weather Observatory on the border of Milton and Canton in Massachusetts, bringing the seasonal snowfall to 145.8 inches.
This breaks the old record of 144.4 inches, set in the winter of 1995-96.
Also, at Boston Logan Airport, 1.7 inches of snowfall the first hours of spring, bringing the season total to 110.3 inches, increasing the record over the same season of 1995-96, the previous record holder, with 107.6 inches.
It is my belief that we will see one to three more measurable snowfalls in eastern Massachusetts. My estimate is that Boston gets close to 120 inches, or 10 feet, before the snow ends for good. Blue Hill may pass 155 inches.
The leader of snowfall, at the climate stations, anyway, is Bangor, Maine, where 132.7 inches have fallen so far.
Near my home in southern New England, we still have extensive snow cover.
I ran into Howard Mathews at Treeberry Farm on the Norwell-Scituate line. He says snow has never stopped them from pruning blueberries before this year. They are usually done pruning before March 1.
This may increase the quantity and reduce the quality of berries this July. But we do not know yet, as it's never happened before.
At my home, there are still 16 inches of snow around the blueberry bushes.
And to keep the spirit of winter alive, my first spring chore of 2015 was - you guessed it - shoveling snow.
The forecast this week offers some hope. Following record-challenging cold Monday morning, we have a little warm spell mid-week. It comes with rain, but probably no widespread flooding as it turns colder again late week, slowing the snow melt once again. Then a new batch of cold arrives again with more storm threats to close March and open April.
Two weather systems responsible for the Saturday snow in New England have combined, bringing for another blizzard to the Canadian Maritime provinces. That Newfoundland storm center, combined with strong high-pressure in Ontario, is causing windy and cold weather here in New England for our Monday. It also means dry weather and sunshine, but there are advisories for wind chills in northern New England and a wind advisory for gusts past 44 mph in New Hampshire and Maine.
Monday starts off with temperatures in the single numbers north and teens south, and will warm only into the upper 20s by afternoon, with plenty of sunshine.
Cold air is here for Monday night and Tuesday morning, but without the wind. Low temperatures Tuesday may be close to record cold, near zero north to the teens south.
High-pressure moves over, and then offshore, of New England Tuesday afternoon. That begins a warming trend for us. However, it will still be cold on Wednesday morning with lows in the 10s and 20s. Wednesday looks nice, with increasing clouds and high temperature in the 40s.
Light rain mixed with sleet and freezing rain is possible in northern New England late in the day Wednesday and overnight.
Thursday may start off dry with a lot of clouds, but rain will develop during the afternoon, high temperature in the 50s.
Low-pressure moving to our North means warmer weather with the rain. Colder air starts coming in on its backside Thursday night and Friday.
Temperatures will fall back to more seasonable on Friday in the 40s, then colder weather for the next weekend with highs only in the 30s.
We will be surrounded by winter like storms next weekend, but we make it through dry.
It's the following week we may end up with another wintry storm. The early call is that March will go out like a lion.
One more note on the arrival of spring - this photo of Dennis Pond in Yarmouth on Cape Cod was taken right at the vernal equinox.
Yes, someone is ice fishing.
Dad says he has never seen ice fishing on Cape Cod during spring time. The ice in southern New England is no longer safe around the edges.